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Making Cardio More Tolerable - Tales from 100# Down

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Friday, March 15, 2013

When I began this journey I was living on the first floor of my house (couldn't go up and down stairs) recovering from my 2nd TKR surgery and complications and unable to even get out of the bed to do the physical therapy the visiting home therapist wanted me to do. I was over 350 pounds and if you looked up SEDENTARY in the dictionary my picture should have been there!

Two things happen to us when we are sedentary for a long period of time. 1) Our metabolism slows to a crawl and 2) our muscles lose their strength and flexibility and that includes that very important muscle THE HEART.

My journey to Health & Fitness began first as adjustments to my nutrition but I figured out pretty quickly that I was going to have to exercise my muscles too. As I have said before I began by holding onto my kitchen island and walking around it in circles. That may sound silly to you but that was ALL I could do. Soon I could do it for 5 minutes and then I decided to try walking in a little circle on my first floor. My DH bought me a recumbent bicycle and once my knee was sufficiently rehabbed to make a full circle on the pedals I would ride slowly for 2 minutes. TWO MINUTES! That probably sounds like nothing to you but it was SOMETHING to me.

Bit by bit, step by step, minute by minute I improved. As I improved it started helping me with my weight loss and even more importantly I FELT better because of it. I never had an exercise session where I said when finished "I wish I hadn't done that." No, instead I always felt accomplished, proud, energized and hopeful! I was changing my body and my health!

To show you how far I've come things I have done recently include:

A 3-1/2 mile walk to town.
Full Circuit Training at the gym.
190 minutes of exercise this week in a single day split between the elliptical and the bicycle.
Digging holes for bushes.
Mowing my own 1/4 acre lawn with a push mower.
Interior Painting
Hiking in Yosemite.
Hiking in the Everglades.
Moving furniture.

This from a person that once struggled to get out of the bed.

The reason I am telling you all this is to show you the importance of cardio in your journey and to show you that there are many benefits to doing so.

Now some of you are probably going ICK cardio. So let me tell you a few ways to make it more tolerable.

1) Get a GREAT book that you can read on the treadmill/elliptical/exercise bike.
2) Stream TV shows or movies to your tablet.
3) Play games like Candy Crush on your smartphone while on the EQ
4) Walk BRISKLY with a friend
5) HIKE - this is great exercise as it's usually over uneven ground and you enjoy the nature around you
6) Play an active sport like tennis, handball, basketball, or volleyball.
7) Play active games on the Wii like Just Dance and Exerbeat
8) Get a package in the mail or UPS where you have ordered something online or received a gift? Make yourself do 30 minutes of cardio before you can open it.
9) Pick a destination or a "trail" and let 5 minutes of cardio be 1 mile and try to get to the "end". Track it on mapquest.
10) Race the clock - Headed to a big box store? Give yourself a time limit to force yourself to move very quickly with the buggy and pick up your pace.

So pick something to try. Set a small attainable goal and build on it day by day, week by week. It will become part of your daily routine and the benefits will be huge!

Press On!


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PANIK257 4/6/2013 10:20AM

    Great blog. Very well written.

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LUVSBULLDOGS 3/28/2013 6:30PM

    WTG, gf, glad you're doing well.

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 3/28/2013 3:46PM

    THANK YOU I have been inactive so long that 5 minutes of walking has me wheezing and so short of breath I have to set down and relax just to breath. I am up to walking 30 minutes but need to take a break at about 15 minutes. I can so relate to your comments. Please keep them coming. the are my motivation to get up and move. emoticon hugs Pat

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SJKENT1 3/18/2013 9:34PM

    So great!!

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LJCANNON 3/18/2013 12:58AM

    emoticon Someone who Hasn't "Been There" would not understand how BIG A DEAL it is to walk around the Kitchen Island, or to Walk to the end of the Driveway (in town, not a Long Country Driveway!).
emoticon I Have Been There, Done That!! You Deserve a Standing Ovation for all you have ACCOMPLISHED!! CONGRATULATIONS!!

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SISSIE21 3/18/2013 12:32AM

    Thank you for the tips, I will try some of them. I am still totally amazed and humbled at your story. Have a great week! emoticon

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CICELY360 3/17/2013 11:38PM

  good blog

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ILIKETOZUMBA 3/17/2013 9:19PM

    Wow, congratulations to you!!! Those are awesome accomplishments, and some great ideas for fun cardio. :)

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CEEMAY 3/17/2013 11:32AM

    You are emoticon

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SHARIKAYE 3/17/2013 10:22AM

    Wow! You have come so far! And kudos to you for finding small ways to get moving in the beginning and not waiting till it was easier to start your fitness. I am 100+ pounds overweight and I know I surprise myself everyday at what I can do if I try. It may not be pretty, but I'm getting it done.
Way to go girl!! You inspire me!

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    emoticon You have come so far! emoticon

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JAMER123 3/16/2013 11:00PM

    Wonderful and inspiring ideas!! emoticon emoticon

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STAREYES723 3/16/2013 10:48PM

    Thanks for sharing and great ideas.

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CJYOUCANDOIT 3/16/2013 9:08PM

    You are amazing! Thank you for sharing. You have inspired me. Keep it up You are doing great!
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MAGGIEVAN 3/16/2013 5:38PM

    Very valuable! Not only a true story but a lot of encouragement for those who struggle. Thanks for sharing.

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    Another great bog! And Congratulations on your amazing progress! emoticon

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    Great ways to get in some cardio. emoticon

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GRIZ1GIRL 3/16/2013 2:23PM

    Yay YOU! Awesome! Keep doing those workouts!

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JUDYAASH 3/16/2013 1:29PM

    Thanks for the great information in your blog. Good luck. emoticon emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 3/16/2013 1:15PM

    What a great accomplishment! Doing something is always better than doing nothing. Most people try to start excercising weekend warrior style and then stop because they over did the first time out.

I do better with cardio. It's strength training I don't like too well. But I'm giving it a try this week.

Keep going, you're doing awesome!

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MISHKIN 3/16/2013 11:39AM

    so glad for you that you are a strong and determined lady who never gave up on herself! and now here you are encouraging others. God bless you. I wish you continued success and happiness!

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PATRICIAANN46 3/16/2013 11:34AM

  What an inspiration you are and what wonderful advice you have given to us. emoticon

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TERMITEMOM 3/16/2013 10:34AM

    WOW - what a great blog! Tremendous advice! Practical and realistic too. Thank you so much!

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    Thanks for sharing!

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BAROSS 3/16/2013 9:48AM

    thank you for good advice and congrats on your success

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    Wow! That's totally awesome!!

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    emoticon on the wonderful ideas ... emoticon

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JIBBIE49 3/16/2013 8:58AM

    You're a STAR with your blog in the Spark Mail.

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SHERYLDS 3/16/2013 8:54AM

    “The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” ~Anna Quindlen

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SHANNONY84 3/16/2013 8:38AM

    Great ideas. You inspired me! Thank you!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 3/16/2013 8:20AM

    Congratulations on your awesome progress! I started out slow too and just kept going. Its amazing how much you can improve if you just start small and give yourself a chance to improve. Great blog!

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TRYINGHARD54 3/16/2013 8:15AM

    great blog, thank you....

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MOMMY445 3/16/2013 8:06AM

    that is great advice! have a wonderful day!

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